Orthodox Churches

Ecumenical Patriarch attends new Turkish airport inauguration

At the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew witnessed on Monday the inauguration of Istanbul’s new airport, on the 95th anniversary of the day when Turkey was declared a republic, marking the end of the Ottoman Empire.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate ‘Satisfied’ with the St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev?

On October 18, Ukrainian Parliament approved the handover of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. During the second hearing, 237 deputies voted for the bill (first, 216 deputies gave their votes). The project was personally initiated by President Poroshenko. It is reported that Parliament obliged the Cabinet to complete the handover in one month since the bill is adopted.

St Andrew’s Church was constructed between 1747 and 1754, to a design by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli, and is rightfully considered one of Ukraine’s most beautiful religious structures.

A church dedicated to St Paisios to be built in Australia

The foundation stone for the first Greek Orthodox church dedicated to St Paisios the Athonite in Australia was laid in Perth on October 26 with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon.

Polish Church to celebrate 100th anniversary of Polish independence

The office of the Holy Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church has announced that it will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of independence with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.

The central event will be held on Sunday, October 28 at the Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene in Warsaw, with the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland with the concelebration of the bishops of the Polish Holy Synod.

Memorial cross torn down in Lesvos has been replaced

A memorial cross on the Greek island of Lesvos has been re-erected after it was torn down two weeks ago.

The cross was originally erected on the shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos in early September in honor of the people who have died swimming there. It was soon pulled down by a co-existence group that claimed the cross is offensive to non-Christian migrants.

Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church

With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople:  confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their followers and ‘returning their faithful to church communion’; ‘recalling the 1686 patent of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the transfer of the Metropolis of Kiev to the Moscow Patriarchate as its part.

Patriarchs John and Irinej visited Zicha Monastery

Patriarchs John and Irinej visited Zicha Monastery
Patriarchs John and Irinej visited Zicha Monastery
Patriarchs John and Irinej visited Zicha Monastery
Patriarchs John and Irinej visited Zicha Monastery

His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East and His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited the Zicha monastery on 15 October 2018.

On the memory day of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, the monastery of Zica (dedicated to the Ascension of the Lord) had a great honor and joy to welcome Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East and Serbian Patriarch Irinej. A great gathering of people, clergy and monastics along with His Grace Bishop Diocesan Bishop Justin of Zica welcomed the high Church dignitaries on this historical day. They also witnessed  to a traditional Serbian hospitality.